The second annual “Emma Davis Memorial Event” was the sixth stop on this year’s WPBA sanctioned, Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour, to honor fallen pool player, friend, wife, and mother, Emma Davis. Following a moment of silence, 9-ball action commenced, witnessing a slow start for Houston’s Ricki Casper who lost her second round match to Gail Eaton, 7-5. Amidst a field of 31 players, Casper won 9 consecutive matches, including two sets over hot seat winner, Tam Trinh, 7-2, 5-2. This event marked Casper’s third victory of the season, and Trinh’s highest finish to date.
On September 10th, 2016, Bogies West (Houston, Texas) along with tour sponsors Delta-13 Rack www.delta-13.com, APA of North Harris County www.facebook.com/apanorthharriscounty, and Cyclop Pool Balls www.facebook.com/cycloppoolballs facilitated another successful event for the ladies of the Gulf Coast Tour, who competed for over $1,000 in prize money, in a one-day competition.
It was Austin’s Tam Trinh setting the pace and taking the lead, securing wins over Regine Delores, Teresa Garland, 7-6, and Gail Roles, 7-3. Tiffany Mundie made her bid for the winners’ side final four, logging wins over Bonnie Mason, Rebecca Arcangeli, 7-3, and Jenny Magee, 7-1. Kim “Texas Heat” Pierce went through tour newcomer June Taylor, D’Andrea McQuirter, 7-0, and Terry Petrosino, 7-4, while Gail “Virginia Slim” Eaton bested Loretta Lindgren, Ricki Casper, 7-5, and Sara Bork, 7-1.
As the winners’ side final four took shape, action on the one-loss side witnessed Toni Esteves eliminate Cindy Tillman, 5-3, Arcangeli, 5-3, Amber Keithley, and Sara Bork, 5-3. Lindgren was on a roll of her own, taking out Erica Hanlon, 5-0, Ariana Lynch, 5-0, Garland, 5-4, and T. Petrosino, 5-2. Casper was busy as well, eliminating Terri Resendes, 5-1, Kim Jenkins, 5-0, and Magee. Competing in her second event of the year, Monica Detuncq secured wins over Brandi Humber, D’Andrea McQuirter, Liz Mitchel, 5-4, and Gail Roles, 5-3.
Back on the east side, a fiery Pierce defeated Eaton, 7-5, while Trinh made quick work of Mundie, 7-3. Brand new to hot seat action, Trinh took it in stride, defeating Pierce, 7-4.
Out west, T. Petrosino eliminated Esteves, 5-1, and Mundie, 5-1, while Casper overcame Detuncq, 5-3, and Eaton, 5-2. Casperwent on to defeat T. Petrosino, 5-2, and Pierce, 5-3, to meet Trinh in the finals. Trinh, vying for her first title, fell to Casper thefirst set, 7-2. In overtime, following a sequence of unforced errors by Trinh, Casper capitalized, winning the second set, 5-2.
Gulf Coast welcomes its newest player, June Taylor, and congratulates all of the players who reached a milestone at this event! The Gulf Coast Tour would also like to thank Bogies West owners, David and Shannon Richardson, General Manager, Stephanie Verron, and the entire Bogies staff for their outstanding service, and unmatched hospitality, throughout the event.
The next Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour 9-ball event will be held Saturday, October 9th, 2016, at Bogies Billiards and Sports Bar, 3040 FM 1960 E., Ste. 101, Houston, Texas 77073. The final event will be held November 12th-13th, 2016, at Fat Racks Sports Bar and Billiards, 11813 West Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78216. This event will be $1,000 added, and a qualifier for the 2017 WPBA Masters. Players meetings begin at 11:00 am sharp, on the first day of each event, and attendance is mandatory. Dress code enforced. For more information, visit GulfCoastWomensTour.com. “Like” us on Facebook @gulfcoasttour1 and “Follow” us on Twitter @gulfcoasttour.
The WPBA (Women’s Professional Billiard Association) is the governing body of women’s professional billiards in the U.S., and this year, celebrates its 40th anniversary. The Gulf Coast Women’s Regional Tour is a sanctioned, WPBA Regional Tour, a part of the grass roots system that feeds the WPBA Pro Billiards Tour. Amateur and semi-professional, female players, who aspire to play women’s professional billiards, must qualify through this elite system in order to attain the sought-after title, WPBA Exempt Professional. Have you ever considered taking your game to the next level, looking for a different challenge? Are you tired of the same old week-in, week-out routines deterring the progress of your game? Is it your dream to play in a pro event, or turn pro? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to find the WPBA Regional Tour nearest you. Exclusively, WPBA Regional Tour Players gain access to WPBA Pro Event Qualifiers and earn valuable WPBA Regional Tour Points which count toward earning invitations to the prestigious WPBA Regional Tour Championship and WPBA Pro Events. Live your dream, support and become a part of, the longest-running, professional billiard organization in the U.S., the WPBA.
If you are interested in starting a WPBA Regional Tour in your area, or participating on a WPBA Regional Tour, please contact the WPBA Office at 1.855.FOR.WPBA or visit WPBA.com.
Written by: Kim Newsome
Photos by: Kim Newsome
1st Ricki Casper $400
2nd Tam Trinh $270
3rd Kim Pierce $170
4th Terry Petrosino $95
5th-6th Gail Eaton, Tiffany Mundie $50 ea.
7th-8th Toni Esteves, Monica DeTuncq $25 ea.